Beacon House

University of Bristol, Queens Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS8 1QU

0117 934 1860

beacon-house@bristol.ac.uk

www.bristol.ac.uk/beacon-house

Guide Last Updated: 17/03/2017

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Access Guide

  • Services / facilities within the building include study areas and seminar rooms for students of the University, a reception/information desk and a cafe which are open to the general public.

  • Beacon House is a listed building which occupies a corner position on Queens Road and Queens Avenue. The main entrance, on Queens Road, gives level access to the upper ground floor which includes; the reception/information desk, the cafe and the visitor toilet area. This area is for visitors. The side entrance on Queens Avenue gives level access to the ground floor study area, the stairs and lift for the first floor. These areas are for students. The student toilet areas at the rear of the ground and first floors are accessed via an easy ramp.

  • The venue is situated within the centre of the city.

  • This venue is situated in Bristol.

  • The nearest National Rail station is Clifton Down.

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • The name of the car park is West End Car Park.

  • The car park is located in Berkeley Place.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are available.

  • Standard marked parking bays are located adjacent to the side entrance.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building.

  • There is level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 160cm (5ft 3in).

  • This entrance gives access to the upper ground floor, and the ground and first floors via U Card operated barriers, stairs and lift.

  • This information is for the entrance located to the side of the building.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • There is a second set of doors.

  • The door(s) open(s) automatically.

  • The door(s) is / are double.

  • The width of the door opening is 180cm (5ft 11in).

  • The doors are operated by a U swipe card.

  • The swipe card readers (internal and external) are at an accessible height for a wheelchair user.

  • This entrance gives access to the ground and first floors, and lift and stairs to the upper ground floor via U Card operated barriers.

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.

  • The ramp/slope is located between the first and second set of doors.

  • The ramp/slope is easy.

  • The ramp/slope is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • The desk/counter is 4m (4yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).

  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The desk/counter is staffed.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The type of system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • There are security barriers between the reception and the study areas.

  • Access is via U swipe cards.

  • The width between the barriers varies from 55cm to 85cm.

  • There is level access to the service.

  • There is a hearing assistance system.

  • The system is a fixed loop.

  • Staff are trained to use the system.

  • There are fixed hearing assistance systems in the seminar rooms and at reception.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There are easy ramps throughout the building.

  • Ramp surfaces have a good colour contrast with the surrounding flooring.

  • The following information is for the cafe.

  • Full table service is not available.

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.

  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.

  • There is a lowered section at the counter.

  • Some tables are permanently fixed.

  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.

  • No chairs have armrests.

  • The nearest table is approximately 15m (16yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 36cm (1ft 2in).

  • The distance between the floor and the highest table is 86cm (2ft 10in).

  • The standard height for tables is 73cm.

  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

  • Plastic / takeaway cups are available.

  • Plastic / takeaway cutlery is available.

  • Drinking straws are available.

  • Menus are wall only.

  • Menus are not available in Braille.

  • Menus are not available in large print.

  • Picture menus are not available.

  • Menus are clearly written.

  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.

  • The type of food served here is snacks and drinks.

  • Monday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Tuesday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Wednesday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Thursday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Friday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Saturday 07:30 - 19:00.

  • Sunday 10:00 - 17:00.

  • The study centre is located on the ground and first floors of the building.

  • The study centre contains general and silent study areas with group rooms and booths available.

  • Height adjustable tables are available.

  • There are fixed hearing assistance systems in the seminar rooms.

  • There are vending machines on the ground and first floors.

  • Monday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Tuesday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Wednesday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Thursday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Friday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Saturday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • Sunday 08:00 - 22:00.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-UG.

  • There are 8 steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is not a landing.

  • The floors which are accessible by stairs are UG-1.

  • There are 15+ steps between floors.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • The steps are clearly marked.

  • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).

  • The steps do have handrails.

  • The steps have a handrail on both sides.

  • There is a landing.

  • There is a lift for public use.

  • The lift is located adjacent to the stairs in the centre of the building.

  • The lift is a platform lift.

  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G-UG-1.

  • Wall mounted information boards are not provided at lift landings.

  • The lift is approximately 28m (30yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • Staff do not need to be notified for use of the lift.

  • The dimensions of the lift are 110cm x 150cm (3ft 7in x 4ft 11in).

  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).

  • The lift door is manual, light and opens outwards.

  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.

  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.

  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.

  • The lift does have an audible announcer.

  • The lift does not have a hearing loop system.

  • The lift does not have Braille markings.

  • The lift does have tactile markings.

  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.

  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 25m (27yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located on the upper ground floor, at the rear of reception when entering from the Queens Road main entrance.

  • There is level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens outwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 340cm x 150cm (11ft 2in x 4ft 11in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.

  • The lateral transfer space is 80cm (2ft 7in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush, however it is not on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 49cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the towel dispenser is 135cm (4ft 5in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the side entrance.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the ground floor adjacent to the study area.

  • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 150cm x 370cm (4ft 11in x 12ft 2in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the towel dispenser is 135cm (4ft 5in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There are accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.

  • There is tactile and pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.

  • This accessible toilet is approximately 45m (49yd 8in) from the lift.

  • This accessible toilet is located at the rear of the first floor adjacent to the study area.

  • There is not level access to this accessible toilet.

  • This is a unisex toilet.

  • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.

  • The door opens inwards.

  • The door is locked by a locking handle.

  • The width of the accessible toilet door is 92cm (3ft).

  • The door is light.

  • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 180cm x 410cm (5ft 11in x 13ft 5in).

  • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.

  • There is a lateral transfer space.

  • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.

  • The lateral transfer space is 115cm (3ft 9in).

  • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.

  • There is a flush on the transfer side.

  • The tap type is lever.

  • There is a mixer tap.

  • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.

  • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.

  • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.

  • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).

  • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.

  • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.

  • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.

  • There is a mirror.

  • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.

  • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).

  • There is a hand dryer.

  • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a towel dispenser.

  • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • The height of the towel dispenser is 135cm (4ft 5in).

  • There is a toilet roll holder.

  • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).

  • There is a wash basin.

  • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.

  • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).

  • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.

  • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.

  • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor and the first floor.

  • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located adjacent to the accessible toilets on the ground and first floors.

  • The female and male toilets are 45m (49yd 8in) from the lift.

  • Inside the venue, there is not level access to the female and male toilets.

  • Lighting levels are medium.

  • There is an ambulant cubicle in each of the toilet areas.

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.

  • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the upper ground floor and the first floor.

  • The shared toilets that were surveyed are located at the rear of reception at the Queens Road main entrance (upper ground floor).

  • The shared toilet(s) is/are approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the shared toilet(s).

  • Lighting levels are bright.

  • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.

  • Baby change facilities are located in this cubicle.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 87cm (2ft 10in).

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

  • Baby change facilities are located in the standard toilets.

  • The height of the baby change table once extended is 85cm (2ft 9in).

  • Inside the venue, there is level access to the baby change facility.

  • There is an easy ramp to access the toilet areas on the ground and first floors.

  • The ramp or slope is located leading from the study areas to the toilets.

  • The ramp is permanent.

  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.

  • The ramp does have handrails.

  • The handrails are on both sides.

  • This building does not have fire alarm strobes.

  • There is level egress from the ground floor.

  • Via Queens Avenue and Queens Road.

  • There are refuge points in this building.

  • There is an evacuation chair for the building.

  • There is not an evacuation lift for the building.

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents can be requested in Braille.

  • Documents can be requested in large print.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.

  • This service can be requested.